About WADF

Who we are and what we do

Corona Virus

Due to the problems with the Corona virus the WADF will closely follow what will happen in the near future. Information of coming events can be found in the Calendar.

The WADF wishes that all our members, teachers, judges and dancers will as soon as possible take the vaccine that is soon available in most countries in the World. In that way we will be able to restart our activities may be already in May-June.

The WADF is in no way supporting the resistance against the vaccine that is growing on the Internet Social medias and we certainly do not accept the conspiracy theories that is circulating about a global take over or that the Virus is a fake or does not exist.

This is for real and please take care.

Our mission

To create a real democratic honest World Dance Federation where everybody that like to become a member can be accepted as a member without having to go through the ”one member per country”.

To create an International forum for Dancers, Coaches, Dance School owners and Dance Club Trainers where it is possible to discuss and develop dance competition disciplines in a modern and innovative way.

The WADF accepts that the Art of dance is much more than Dance Sport competitions.  There are two parts to be considered. In the WADF events the dancers are evaluated in both the Technical merit and in the Artistic merit. Artistic competitive dancing is first and foremost Art and Culture.

To give all dancers the chance to compete at International competitions without having to be elite dancers. To give all girls that did not found a boy to dance with a chance to be a team member in a Duo, Trio or a Small or Large team were also second and third rated dancers can fill a place.

To offer our members competitions from 7 main Departments containing 24 Dance Divisions including 56 competition Disciplines in 10 Age groups and 7 Categories ending up to more than 10.000 possible combinations.

This is our mission!


Our disciplines

Artistic Acrobatic Dance Department

Artistic Acrobatic Dance Show Division
Artistic Acrobatic Dance Show Competitions
Free Acrobatic Dance Show Competitions
Cheerleading Division
Pom-Pon Cheer Dance Competitions
Artistic Cheerleading Competitions
Artistic Pole Dance Division
Artistic Pole Dance Competitions

Artistic Couple Dance Department

Artistic One Dance Division
Solo Dance Competitions
Duo Dance Competitions
Triple Dance Competitions
Artistic One Dance Competitions
Dances suitable for One Dance Competitions
Artistic Three & Five Dance Division
Artistic Three Dance Competitions
Artistic Five Dance Competitions
Artistic Student Teacher Dance Division
Artistic One Dance Competitions
Artistic Three & Five Dance Competitions
Artistic Formation Dance Division
Artistic Couple Dance Formation Competitions
Salsa Rueda de Casino Competitions
Artistic Multi Dance Division
Choreographed Dance Show Competitions
Synchronised Dance Show Competitions
Repeat Dance Show Division
Synchronised Repeat Dance Competitions


Art & Culture Department

Belly Dance Division
Belly Dance Competitions
Folk Belly Dance Competitions
Bollywood Division
Bollywood Competitions
Ethno Dance Division
Ethno Dance Show Competitions
Folk Dance & Folklore Division
Afro-Cuban Dance Show Competitions
Folk Dance Competitions
Performing Arts Division
Artistic Lip Sync Show Competitions
Performing Artists Show Competitions
Production Division
Production Competitions

International 10-dance Dance Department

Ballroom (Standard) Division
Ballroom (Standard) Competitions
Latin American Division
Latin American Competitions
Combined Division
Combined Competitions
Student Teacher Dance Division
Ballroom (Standard) Competitions
Latin American Competitions
Combined Competitions
Formation Division
Formation Show competitions

Pop Dance / Disco Department

Pop Dance/Disco Division
Pop Dance/Disco Competitions
Disco Freestyle Competitions
English Freestyle Competitions
Slow Dance Competitions
Pop Dance Fusion Show Competitions

Stage Dance Department

Ballet Division
Classical Ballet Competitions
Contemporary / Modern Ballet Competitions
Jazz Dance Competitions
Dance Show Division
Artistic Dance Show Competitions
Tap Dance Division
Tap Dance Competitions

Urban Street Dance Department

Break Dance Division
Break Dance Battles
Urban Street Dance Division
Urban Street Dance Competitions
Dance Hall Competitions
House Dance Competitions
Popping & Locking Competitions
Acrobatic Jazz Funk Competitions
Hip Hop All Style Battles
Urban Street Dance Fusion Show Competitions
Electric Boogaloo Competitions

The Managing Committee‏

  • Nils-Håkan Carlzon


    The Acting President is Nils-Håkan Carlzon borned 1941 in Örebro, Sweden. He became a Professional dance teacher 1963 and was teaching at his dance school, Nerikes Dansinstitut in Örebro for more then 45 years. He have been active as a well known dance polititian in the Dancing World during all those years. He was a founding member of the Swedish Dance organiztion, a President of the International Dance Organization for 9 years and a Vice President in the World Dance Council for 14 years.

  • Irina Shmalko

    Senior Vice President

    Acting as Vice-President, is Irina Shmalko (Moscow). Irina has been a competitor in Caribbean dance within the IDO for many years and has a great knowledge of Artistic Dancing in general. She was appointed by Stanislav Popov, President Russian Dance Union (RDU) to be head of the Artistic Dance Department within the RDU and she is now an experienced organiser of Artistic Dance Competitions.

  • Gordana Orescanin

    Executive Secretary/Vice President

    A native of Croatia, where her dance career started with Classical Ballet at the age of 5. She enjoyed a successful Juvenile and Junior Rhythmic Gymnast career achieving Croatian Champion. Later Gordana graduated as a programmer and professor of Sport at the University of Novi Sad. In 1993 she founded the University Dance Sport Club, from which her dance school “Viva Dance” was created. In 1994 Gordana presented the first Festival of Modern Dance in the Novi Sad National Theatre which then became a traditional annual event.

    On the famous Serbian TV show “Plesom do snova/Dancing to the Dream” (the Serbian version of Dancing with the Stars) she was one of the judges for two seasons. Today Gordana is busy in her dance School “Viva Dance”, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and working with students in the sport faculty.

  • Marian Sulc

    Vice President

    Marian Sulc is living in Turnov, Czech Republic. He started his dancing carrier as a competitor in Disco Dance, Break dance, Rock’n Roll and Mambo. He studied Choreography at the Conservatory in Hradec Kralove and Physical Culture and at the Palacky University and finished as a Trainer and Adjudicator of International Dance disciplines.

    He was a Vice President of the IDO for 8 years and has a large experience of organising dance competitions and acting as Supervisor and Chairman of judges in Street and Couple dance competitions. He is now teaching fulltime in Taps Ilma dance school in Turnov together with his sister. In the WADF he is also the Chairman of the Technical Committee.

  • Guido de Smet

    Vice President

    Guido de Smet is a well-known person in the dancing World. He has been involved in World Dance politics for many years. He has been the President of BULDO, the Belgium Dance teacher’s organisation for 26 years and he has been involved in the WDC Social dance Committee as the main examiner for many years. He is currently the responsible Vice President for developing the WADF in South America

    His CV follows below:

    Master degree in Sports and Physical Education at University of Leuven (KUL) Post-Graduate in Training and Coaching with Specialty in Dance Fellow and examiner (BULDO) in Ballroom, Latin-American and Argentine tango Trainer-coach and choreographer of 17 times Belgian Standard Formation Champions. Trainer-coach and choreographer of Triple undefeated World Argentine Tango champions Peter Rombouts – Marga Wouters. Lecturer at different congresses in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Greece. WDC Senior Examiner, Examiner BULDO. WDC, WDC AL, IDO, WADF adjudicator. Current President of the Belgian Professional Dance Teachers Organisation (BULDO) and the Amateur Competition Divisions FDSF and Bel-aL (Belgian Amateur League).

    Specialties: Argentine tango and Ballroom dancing

  • Roman Filus

    Vice President

    He became a certified dance teacher in 1990. He works at the University of Technology in Koszalin in Poland and he runs the dance team there. Roman’s choreographies has won World and European IDO Championships many times. For 20 years he served as an officer of the managing board of Polish Dance Federation and as a judge of large dance events in the PDF and the IDO.

    He is an experienced event organized of dance Championships and already in the year 2000 he organized World and European IDO Championship. In 2011 and 2013 he got the prize for Best Choreographer of Polish Dance Federation.

    2014 he joined the WADF and has since then has been working very hard developing the WADF Artistic dance concept in Poland. As a result of his dedicated work almost 200 clubs and dance schools has become members of the WADF.

  • Dimitris Kranias

    Vice President

    WADF International Championships Adjudicator with more than 30 years full career in dancing, competing, teaching and examining. Founder, owner and CEO of “The Dance Club – The Mall of Dance” a dance company that counts 40 clubs around Greece and more than 25 000 students. General Administration, Franchising development, trainer and examiner for all levels amateurs and professionals.

    Training teachers for Professional Diplomas in all Social and competitive Dancing, Choreographer, Producer and organizer of productions and championships. Professional Dancer and Choreographer in the most prestigious television show “Dancing With the Stars” Greece.

    Designing and manufacturing dance costumes, shoes and accessories for social and competitive dance events. Creation of a distribution net in order for the product to be delivered door to door.

  • Dušan Vodlan

    Vice President

    Dušan Vodlan lives and works in Krško, where he is currently employed as a sports director. Dance club Lukec, which he also founded in 1990. For more than 25 years he has been an active dancer in ST and LA dance, step dancer, jazz dance, disco, show dance, hip hop and folk dance.

    For his 40 years of work in the field of dance, in 2014 he received the Gold Medal for Living with Dance by the Association of Cultural Societies of Slovenia. His sons Sebastian and Luka also fell in love with teaching dance and he is pleased to see that they are successfully continuing his work in the field of dance.

    In 2004, on the 30th anniversary of his performance in the dance field, he received a a gold plaque for 30 years of operation and successful development of dance in Krško. In October 2020, he founded the Artistic Dance Association of Slovenia of which he is acting as President elect. The ADAS organized its 1st national championships 2021 and so far 26 dance clubs and schools have joined the association.